I’m a sucker for a pricey, pretty candle, as we all know. Every year, Diptyque releases a beautifully designed, limited edition candle for Valentine’s Day and I was not missing out this year. I kicked myself for waiting too long to buy the Rosa Viola candle and it still haunts me. This year’s scent is Rosa Mundi, and it’s fabulous. Why you ask? Well, we have Diptyque’s typically intoxicating fragrance but this limited edition candle’s jar is lovely – something truly to be displayed. Diptyque partnered with À Paris chez Antoinette Poisson, renowned designers and restorers of “domino paper” to design this year’s collectible candle jar. Domino paper, btw, is decorative paper made with wood block printing technique and coloured by hand. It is used most frequently as wallpaper.
My collection of Diptyque candles is prized. Some of my favourites include Feu de bois, Patchouli and Ambre. Rosa Mundi though takes the cake. I’m not kidding when I say that it is “intoxicating”. I bought both the regular and small-sized versions of the candle and stashed them away in my closet until I had a chance to photograph them for the blog. Well, our walk-in closet soon smelled richly of Damask (Damascena) and May (Centifolia) roses. Not bad, not bad.
This has quickly become my favourite Diptyque candle of all time, so much so that well, I thought I’d write a post about it! While I am a sucker for anything rose-scented, this particular candle captures the essence of these two types of roses beautifully: their richness combined with top notes of currant (very obvious), bergamot’s freshness along with lychee and geranium. It is truly a special fragrance that would very much appeal to those who love feminine and elegant fragrances.
In true Diptyque form, when burned, this candle will scent the entire room. Those interested in purchasing this candle should be aware that the Antoinette Poisson-designed label is actually their wallpaper wrapped around the jar, and not simply a label like most Diptyque candles. Take a lot of care when you have burned through the candle and want to clean out the jar. Try not to get the label too wet!
A follower of mine on Instagram saw a past Diptyque post I had uploaded and asked if I noticed the black smoke that Diptyque candles tend produce when burned. I let her know that all candles should be trimmed to 1/4″ of an inch in order to eliminate that smoky effect. So, don’t be alarmed if this happens – simply trim the wick per the instructions that come with each Diptyque candle.
While I splurged on both sizes of this candle, I would recommend to those interested to purchase the larger size at CAD $90 (US $68). It lasts longer, and you’ll have a large, beautiful jar you can use for storage once you have burned through the candle. The smaller size retails for CAD $50 (US $35), does an amazing job at scenting a room – but $50 for an itty bitty candle is a hard pill to swallow.
Have you purchased Diptyque’s Rosa Mundi Candles? Which is your favourite?